MIAMI SHORES, FLA. (WSVN) - The Miami Theater Center hosted the Yawanawá of the Brazilian Amazon for a special cultural performance, Thursday.
The tribe shared their sacred songs, ancestral dance, language and spiritual heritage — and some members of the student audience also has a chance to take part.
Miami Theater Center’s co-founder and Artistic Director, Stephanie Ansin, said it was an eye-opening experience for everyone involved. “This is incredibly unique,” she said. “I don’t think that children from a private school in Miami Beach expected to be dancing in the aisle with indigenous people from the Amazon this morning. If you told me this would have happened a year ago, I would have thought you were insane, and how incredible is it? It’s a great experience for everybody. Everybody in the room was sharing, and it was incredibly special.”
Proceeds from the performance will go toward the building of a traditional learning center in the Brazilian Amazon.
The tribe will also host a family day — complete with games, body-painting, story-telling and jewelry making.
Additional performances will take place Friday at 10 a.m. and Saturday, at 8 p.m. For more information, go to http://www.mtcmiami.org/
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